Star Wars: "Interference"
My second short story for StarWars.com — originally
to Hyperspace members, but now available for free from Suvudu here
— elaborated of something I'd considered for the text pages of the Knights of the Old Republic
comics series. In 2007, each issue of Knights included a text page
including news reports from within the Star Wars universe that related
to the storyline; often, these included opinion pieces in the voices of
characters in the fictional world.
When "Vector" started in 2008, those pages were retired — but I had already worked out ideas for a couple of the issues that were timed to coincide with the Mandalorian siege of Taris, and so I considered working one of them into a short story. I had always been interested in propaganda broadcasts of the sort that Lord Haw-Haw and Tokyo Rose dispatched across the battle lines in World War II — psychological operations meant to dispirit the soldiers on the other side. The Republic in this time had its own such character, I imagined, named Captain Goodvalor.
Thus, "Interference" follows a sequence of broadcasts by Goodvalor, followed by the reactions of a typical Mandalorian, illustrating the disconnect between what Republic officials thought of the Mandalorians, and how the Mandies really were. It's more or an exchange of letters than a dialogue, similar to some of Woody Allen's short stories -- and while it's intended to be about as serious, it does still illustrate that cultural disconnect.
- The last broadcast of William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw, can be heard here. It's one of the things I listened to in coming up with Goodvalor's dialogue near the end of the story.
- The non-existent ship, Serroco, is named after
the site of a previous battle, shown in #15 of the
- Goodvalor, of course, has a connection to Gryph, as we find out in Knights of the Old Republic - Demon.
But the speaker for Goodvalor on Zongurlu is Gryph's brother; there was
no time for Gryph to have gone there and returned to Taris when he did.
- Koblus Sornell turns up years later in Knights of the Old Republic - War,
her name abbreviated to Ko. The misunderstanding of Mandalorians by the
Republic — and vice-versa — is a theme there. Neither Gryph, nor Ko,
nor the readers when the story was released would know who was really
speaking until several years later!